Wrangel Island is a place of much significance for those in love with the Arctic and wildlife. This extremely remote island is the world's capital of polar bears, it is the largest habitat of these magnificent animals. There were years when up to 300 bears have been spotted in one place here. This is the real Far North, the High Arctic. In summer, when the sun never sets, walruses lay here in the sun, getting warm; polar bears prey on seals, Arctic foxes steal eggs from under birds, giant rookeries of which are situated on sheer cliffs. In the center of the island, there's a population of muskoxen introduced here from Greenland.
On our way to Wrangel Island we'll visit the most important places of Chukotka: Cape Chaplin, where gray whales swim right near the shore; Lorino, a rural settlement engaged in the whaling industry; Yttygran Island with its worldwide known Whale Bone Alley; Cape Dezhnev, the eastmost mainland point of Asia; Cape Kenisken, a place where up to a hundred thousand walruses lay; and Kolyuchin Island, where we'll pay a visit to Anatoly Kochnev, a famous polar scientist who studies polar bears and walruses.
Mysterious bowhead whales, gray whales and humpback whales, sometimes even narwhals, prowl the waters around Wrangel Island. As usual, whales are going to be one of the most important parts of our program.
If you're a romantic person, a dreamer, or simply like wildlife, welcome aboard of our oceanic yacht Aurora, which will allow us to spend two and a half weeks out in the ocean, reach Wrangel Island and return to the port safe and sound.
Traditionally, the better part of our journey is going to be about interaction with animals. We're going to have the necessary diving equipment on our yacht. We'll try to dive with polar bears and, if possible, walruses, as well as with whales and seals; and we'll do our best to take truly rare and unique pictures of animals, under water or on land. We'll dive into the icy waters of Chukotka and feel like real pioneers. Although, it's important to understand that diving is not the main goal of our expedition.
A little group and a flexible schedule.
It's a common practice that tourists go to Wrangel Island on a big vessel with more than a hundred men aboard, which goes according to its strict schedule.
What's special about our expedition is that we go on our own vessel in a small group of people which allows us to fully control the route and adjust it to the guests' needs and wishes. You can always swim with passing whales or spend more time taking pictures of walruses and their rookeries if you want to.
Our yacht Aurora can take aboard 14 people including the crew and the guides which means that we're going to have a small group of 7 guests, so that everyone can spend enough time alone with nature, have plenty of time for taking pictures of animals and landscapes and get individual approach in anything.
What animals are we going to see?
- The rock stars of our program are, naturally, polar bears and walruses. Probably, we'll try to dive with them and take underwater pictures of them.
- Seals: earless seals, bearded seals, harp seals, Steller sea lions.
- Bowhead whales, gray whales, humpback whales, and narwhals if we get lucky. There's also a possibility that we'll come across fin whales and beluga whales.
- Arctic foxes.
- More than 15 species of seabirds.